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“Quick, but really interesting”
Review of The Mapparium

The Mapparium
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Ranked #43 of 402 things to do in Boston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This world-famous, three-story globe is one of the key attractions at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and has been visited by more than 10 million people since it was constructed in 1935. Brilliant colors and lights track global shifts over the past century as a rich orchestration of words, inspiring quotes, music, and LED lights illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.
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Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

A very unique experience. Trying out the acoustics of the room was really fun. The tour was short but inexpensive and impressive.

Thank Karen R
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This beautiful antique stained glass dome that you walk into via a glass bridge is a lure the Christian Scientists use to get people to come in and get a taste of their misguided religion that requires people to forgo medical care.

Thank Jonathan P
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

I had never heard about this, but our daughter wanted to see it and while in Boston last month we decided to give it a try. This is a very short and relatively inexpensive tour, which makes me very happy. The Christian Science Church, built a huge globe that instead of viewing from the outside you enter inside and view from inside the dome. The tour only lasts about 15 minutes and cost about $4.00 a person. It was very good and well worth the time and money.

Thank travelin4funfools
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Is the visit to the Mapparium brief? Yes. But, if you have a great love for architecture, world history or geography, it's time well spent. I'm a Massachusetts native who had long wanted to visit. I finally got that chance today -- on a whim, as the queue into the MFA was around the block -- and it was a wonderful experience.

Thank Dean O
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Based on the reviews on Tripadvisor, I took my 6 and 9 year old daughters to this site (at the gorgeous Christian Science complex in the Back Bay area.) It was $14 admittance for the three of us (I think $6 for me and $4 for each of them.)

The actual stained glass globe into which you step is impressive, but they are missing a lot of opportunities to capitalize on it. A young tour guide talked a little bit about the structure and its history and then about the unique acoustics within the chamber. We had a few minutes to look around and test the acoustics. There was no photography allowed and a small electronic presentation was given highlighting a few countries and some adages from well known dignitaries.

However, the globe dates back to 1935 or so when it was designed/constructed. As we know, the world has changed significantly since then. The young docent explained that the globe was designed utilizing individual panels just so that changes to it COULD BE made. However, prior governing boards ruminated and ruminated yet no changes were made and, eventually, it was decided no changes would ever be made to preserve the historic nature of the "piece." Uh - ok - but there's a lot more that can be done with that - especially when there are young minds viewing.

A five minute presentation and nothing left to really see otherwise in the library where its housed leave you just feeling "still hungry."

2  Thank emcfish
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